Connecticut caddie a part of Tiger’s comeback win at Masters


Golf fans will be celebrating Tiger Woods’s comeback for years, but there’s a little-known part of his victory that’s extra special here in Connecticut.

It was a scenario that seemed unreal several years ago. Tiger Woods is back, winning his first Masters since 2005. 

“This one’s a lot more of a physical, psychological. I mean, once you lose it mentally, it’s kind of hard to bring it back,” explained Joe Forget, an assistant golf pro at Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury.

His victory Sunday in Augusta is a huge inspiration to the game of golf and in Connecticut. His right-hand man was was born in Danbury, raised in Newtown and lives in Southbury.

PGA caddie Joe LaCava played on Newtown High’s golf team.

“Just knowing that he’s side by side with arguably one of the best golfers to ever live is just stupendous,” Forget said.

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Danbury’s Richter Park Golf Course is one of his favorites.

LaCava has stuck with Woods through uncertain years.

“He hung in with Tiger. Tiger gave him permission to leave and he said ‘No, I’ll stay with you,'” stated David Martin the dean at the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University.

LaCava studied finance at WCSU.

In over 30 years in higher education, Martin said he’s yet to hear of a student associated with a historic comeback. 

Even the people who don’t know LaCava say he’s a good guy and that he makes them proud.

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